Summer is so close now you can taste it. No, really, you can actually taste it here at The Steer with our Summer Drink Specials. Our bartenders have carefully crafted some refreshing libations, and no- they will not be juggling bottles, pouring drinks over their shoulders, or lighting anything on fire (we hope). You can Netflix Tom Cruise in 1988’s cinematic masterpiece, Cocktail, in all its cheesy glory if that’s what you’re looking for. At The Steer we want to bring some fresh ingredients together with some quality booze to make classic drinks and also some original concoctions of our own. Think muddling. For anyone not familiar with the term “muddle”, it means to combine ingredients in the bottom of a glass by pressing them down with a muddler to let the juices and flavors open up and mingle before adding the drink’s liquids. A muddler is a long tool almost shaped like a baseball bat. It is an essential bar tool with one end being larger and rounded to mash ingredients, while the other end is thinner for stirring. Older ones were made out of wood. More modern versions are stainless steel or plastic and have teeth on the bottom. Making a drink this way may take a little longer, but you will not mind when you taste the result.
Ready to wet your whistle? Consider a Mojito. This summer favorite is made with white rum, club soda, mint, lime, and a bit of sugar. The mint and lime are muddled first to release the mint oil and lime juices. We have also tweaked the classic Mojito and come up with some new variations. Try our Strawberry, Pineapple, or Raspberry Mojitos. Not a Mojito fan? Our very own Cool As A Cucumber is another summer time refresher: Muddled cucumber, Tito’s Vodka, St. Germaine, and soda. The drink lives up to its name. Or maybe you’re dreaming of some time on the water… Then I would recommend the sailors’ delight- the Dark And Stormy: Mount Gay or Pusser’s Rum, Ginger Beer, and Lime. The Moscow Mule is another hot weather favorite that also features Ginger Beer and Lime, but as the name implies, vodka is the featured liquor in this one. If your taste runs truly tropical, the Missionary’s Downfall is for you: Bacardi Pineapple, Peach Schnapps, Sugar, Pineapple Juice, Muddled Mint, and Lime. Other drinks include the Elder Collins: Bombay Gin, St. Germaine, Lemon, and Soda; the Caipirinha: Leblon, Simple Syrup, and Muddled lime; four flavors of Margaritas: Classic, Pineapple, Strawberry, and Raspberry; and a weekly Sangria Flavor.
All of these Specialty Drinks are made to order by hand with fresh seasonal ingredients. Enjoy one while dining inside or out, or spend happy hour on our Rooftop Patio, which opens daily at 4pm. Summer weather has finally hit Buffalo. Let’s enjoy the flavors of summer before we are assaulted again by the inevitable bombardment of pumpkin spiced everything.